Tomasz Gollob

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Tomasz Gollob
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Born (1971-04-11) 11 April 1971 (age 44)
Bydgoszcz, Poland
Nationality Poland Poland
Website www.gollobracing.com
Current club information
Polish league GKM Grudziadz
Swedish league Hammarby Speedway
Career history
1988, 1990-2003 Polonia Bydgoszcz (POL)
1989 Wybrzeże Gdańsk (POL)
1998-2000 Ipswich Witches (GBR)
2001-2010 Västervik (SWE)
2004-2007 Unia Tarnów (POL)
2008-2012 Stal Gorzów Wlkp. (POL)
2013-2014 KS Toruń (POL)
2015 GKM Grudziadz (POL)
Speedway Grand Prix statistics
2009 Number 2
Starts 112[1]
Podiums 42 (20-6-16)
Finalist 51 time
Winner 20 times
Individual honours
2010 World Champion
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009 Polish Champion
1990, 1991, 1992 Polish Under 21 Champion
1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002 Polish Golden Helmet Winner
1990, 2002 Polish Silver Helmet Winner
1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 Polish Grand Prix Champion
1995 Jack Young Memorial Cup winner
1997 Swedish Grand Prix Champion
1999 Czech Grand Prix Champion
2001 German Grand Prix Champion
Team honours
1996 World Team Cup Winner
2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 World Cup Winner
2001 European Cup Champions' Winner
1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 Polish Team Champion
1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 Polish Pairs Champion
1998 Elite League Champion
1998 Elite League KO Cup Winner
1998 Craven Shield Winner
2005, 2006 Swedish Elitserien Champion

Tomasz Gollob ([ˈtɔmaʂ ˈɡɔlːɔp]; born 11 April 1971 in Bydgoszcz, Poland)[2] is a Polish motorcycle speedway rider who has appeared in every Speedway Grand Prix series since its inaugural season in 1995. His brother Jacek is also a speedway rider.

Career summary[edit]

Site of 2007 plane crash.

Tomasz Gollob spent almost all of his career with hometown club Bydgoszcz until he moved to Unia Tarnów in 2004. He has won the Polish Individual Championship eight times (between 1992 and 2009) and the Polish Pairs Championship ten times. He has also won the Polish Grand Prix eight times in thirteen years. He clinched the Speedway World Championship in 2010 after securing the championship in Terenzano, Italy. He is only the second Pole to ever win the World Championship, following in the footsteps of Jerzy Szczakiel who won in 1973.

Gollob also spent some time in Australia in the early-mid 1990s based at the North Arm Speedway in Adelaide. While In Australia, Gollob would race against many of his future World Championship rivals including Jason Crump, Leigh Adams, and Ryan Sullivan. Gollob is the only World Champion to win the Jack Young Solo Cup held in Adelaide each year in memory of Australia's 1951 and 1952 World Champion, Jack Young. He won the cup in 1995 at North Arm.

Gollob was also a member of the Poland speedway team that won the World Team Cup in 1996 and the World Cup in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011.

In 2007 Gollob survived a plane crash with fellow rider Rune Holta. The plane, flown by his father Władysław, crashed on the way to a speedway meeting at Tarnów. Gollob escaped with cuts and bruises after pulling his father from the wreckage.[3]

For his sport achievements, he received the Order of Polonia Restituta:

  • Knight's Cross Knight's Cross (5th Class) in 2000
  • Officer's Cross Officer's Cross (4th Class) in 2007
  • POL Polonia Restituta Komandorski BAR.svg Commander's Cross (2010)

World final appearances[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

World Pairs Championship[edit]

World Team Cup[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Individual Under-21 World Championship[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1998 3rd 97 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
1999 2nd 98 Winner Won in Czech Republic and Polish Grand Prix
2000 7th 64 5th
2001 3rd 89 Winner Won the German Grand Prix
2002 7th 117 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
2003 6th 111 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
2004 6th 113 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
2005 7th 83 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
2006 8th 94 3rd Third in Slovenian, Swedish and Polish Grand Prix
2007 4th 108 Winner Won Polish Grand Prix
2008 3rd 148 Winner Won Slovenian, Danish and German Grand Prix
2009 2nd 144 Winner Won Scandinavian and Italian Grand Prix
2010 1st 166 Winner Won Czech Republic, Polish, Nordic and Italian Grand Prix
2011 5th 106 Winner Won Danish Grand Prix
2012 4th 142 Winner Won Scandinavian Grand Prix
2013 9th 89 2nd Second in New Zealand Grand Prix

Family[edit]

Tomasz Gollob has two brothers and one sister [5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Świat Żużla, No 2 (78) 2009, page 7, ISSN 1429-3285 and Category:2010 Speedway Grand Prix
  2. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  3. ^ "Gollob survives plane crash drama". Evening Star. 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  4. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  5. ^ Official Website

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Poland Robert Korzeniowski
Polish Sportspersonality of the year
1999
Succeeded by
Poland Robert Korzeniowski
2011 Speedway Grand Prix riders
1 Poland Gollob 2 Poland Hampel 3 Australia Crump 4 Poland Holta 5 United States Hancock
6 United Kingdom Harris 7 Denmark Bjerre 8 Australia Holder 9 Sweden Jonsson 10 Denmark Pedersen
11 Sweden Lindgren 12 Russia Sayfutdinov 13 Russia Laguta 14 Sweden Lindbäck 15 Poland Kołodziej